A newly published history of the town of Davidson has won a statewide prize for history. The North Carolina Society of Historians has given its 2012 Willie Parker Peace History Book Award to “One Town, Many Voices: A History of Davidson, North Carolina,” by Davidson authors Jan Blodgett and Ralph Levering.
Ms. Blodgett and Professor Levering, both at Davidson College, were honored Saturday, Oct. 20, at the N.C. Society of Historians 71st annual meeting in Mooresville.
The society works to collect and preserve North Carolina history, traditions, artifacts, genealogies and folklore. The Parker Peace award is presented annually to “encourage the writing and publication of the history of a North Carolina county, institution or individual.”
Released in April 2012, “One Town, Many Voices” summarizes the 175-year history of Davidson, including the college and the town. Published by Davidson Historical Society, it is the first new history of Davidson in more than 30 years.
The authors have said they wanted to fully reflect the diversity and vitality of the people who shaped the town. The book incorporates many voices, expressing points of view from different racial, religious and economic perspectives. It is a comprehensive history, beginning with a prologue that examines the conditions in the area prior to March, 1837 when classes for the initial sixty?five students of Davidson College began, and finishes with an epilogue describing the town in 2011. Complemented by many illustrations, the text tells the fascinating story of how this small, North Carolina college town evolved.
To find more information about the book, One Town, Many Voices, visit the book website at www.onetownmanyvoices.com.
April 3, 2012, “A new wide-angle view of Davidson's history” – We interviewed Professor Levering and Ms. Blodgett and introduced the new book.